Mehedi Hasan picked up 2-wickets    Getty Images (file photo)
Mehedi Hasan picked up 2-wickets for his side Getty Images (file photo)

The 31st match between Rajshahi Kings and Rangpur Riders of Bangladesh Premier League 2016 (BPL) was all about which team collapsed poorly. Set a target of 129 runs to win Rangpur Riders displayed appalling batting skills, with only Mohammad Mithun adding some respectability to their chase. It was aggressive bowling and some poor shot selection on the part of the Riders’ batsmen that lead to their downfall to give Kings a 49-run. Kings bowler’s in Mehedi Hasan and Nazmul Islam did all the initial damage, picking 5-wickets between them. Adul Hasan cleaned the tail to gift himself 3-wickets for 11 runs. Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2016: Schedule and Time Table

Abul Hasan claimed his third and the the final wicket of the Riders’ innings as Muktar Ali handed Islam a easy catch at long-on. Abul Hasan got his second wicket cleaning up Arafat Sunny for a 7-ball 9.

After staying in the crease for 11 balls, Sohag Gazi departed giving Umar Akmal his fifth dismissal of the day, and Abul Hasan’s first. Gazi trying to go over the top of mid-wicket, managed a thick edge to the keeper for 8.

Riders’ collapse continued after Samit Patel got into the attack and dismissed Mithun, who was trying to late cut and managed an edge into the gloves of Akmal’s gloves. He departed for 20..

Shahid Afridi was expected to salvage Riders’ pride but could not bail them out from deep waters. Left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam dismissed Afridi in his second over. Afridi trying to heave one over the stands, missed the ball completely much to the the jubilation of the bowler. He was out of the crease when Akmal failed to gather the ball but was lucky that the ball ricocheted off his pad on to the stumps.

Islam’s first wicket was a wicket-maiden., Rider’s skipper Liam Dawson trying to defend the ball missed it completely and got a controversial decision against him.

Dawson came out to bat at No.5, with Mithun still looking stranded at one end. Nasir Jamshed who came out to bat in place of Shahzad, too gave his wicket in the very next over. Jamshed gifted a tough caught and ball chance to Hasan, which he obliged.

Shahzad, who was looking good for a big one, departed soon. Shahzad handed Sami his first wicket, while trying to leave the ball, which climbed onto him; the ball found the top of his glove and lobbed it back to Sammy.

Mithun who is having a brilliant season so far, came out to bat at No.3. Soumya Sarkar, who is having a poor tournament so far, continued his bad form. He tried to go big against Hasan, and got himself stumped making just a run.Mohammad Sami and Reza opened the bowling for the Riders were quite economical to begin with. Shahzad added some quick runs to begin with.Mohammad Shahzad and Sarkar came out to opener for the Rangpur Riders, who were in pursuit of 129 runs set by Rajshahi Kings batting first.

Earlier, Rajshahi Kings achieved 128 runs thanks to a magnificent 71-run stand between Mehedi Hasan and Farhad Reza. Hasan added 33-ball 41, while Reza made 32-ball 44, which came at a time when Kings were 43 for 7. Established batsmen like Samit Patel, Umar Akmal, Darren Sammy and Sabbir Rahman added 24 runs together.

Brief scores:

Rajshahi Kings 128 for 7 (Sabbir Rahman 16, Mehedi Hasan 41*, Farhad Reza 44*; Arafat Sunny 3 for 31, Shahid Afridi 2 for 10) won against Rangpur Riders 79 all-out (Mohammad Mithun 20, Nazmul Islam 3 for 8) by 49 runs.